** spoiler alert **
So, I read this as a companion piece side by side with my most recent venture into the old testament from my St. Joseph edition Catholic Bible. My Bible has a lot of footnootes which were useful and helpful, but not nearly as much as this Book was. I enjoyed having a Jewish perspective on Hebrew literature, and would recommend this to anyone who wants to read and study the Hebrew Bible. Wonderful insight on beautiful traditions and philosophical understanding of a people who believe themselves to be deeply in touch with a Divine Revelator. Good reference book. If you aren't open to a Jewish perspective on Judaic history, then this is clearly not for you. It may be used as a "Cliff's Notes" of the Hebrew Bible, but, like most Cliff's Notes, you'd really be missing out.